And life moves on.
The old lathe moved to its new home yesterday; I hope it serves the new owner as well as it has for me. What offset the slight sadness at seeing it go is getting a superior replacement for free (the buying and selling prices being essentially the same). Of course, the budget got blown anyway by upgrading both the chuck and tool post, as both were beat. Thus I learned the lesson about paying for a machine tool with coveted “extras” we’re told to always get, only to then pay a second time to replace them. The chuck will go to a buddy who wants to try to convert it to a rotary table, and the tool post was given away with the old lathe. I feel very fortunate to be able to own a well-made lathe and realize that if it’s treated well, it’ll likely outlive me, hmm.
So now what. With the mill and lathe issues dealt with, attention must turn toward ensuring that Midlana is ready for the hillclimb, which is creeping up on us six weeks from now.